There’s always this big mess before things can become organized and that’s where I’ve been for the last couple of months! I decided to reorganize the studio and move the etching press into the studio from the garage, build a wall and do many other things. In working on it I was reminded of how artists throughout history have been inspired by their muse. During ancient Greek times the muse was thought to live in the walls and assist the artist (I sort of think of it as channeling with a super creative entity). Elizabeth Gilbert has a wonderful talk on TED “Your elusive creative genius”
I love this idea, in more ways than one; it takes a lot of the pressure off the artist (it’s the muses fault!), the artist is not alone in their work and it’s a beautiful connection to something unknown and possibly unknowable.
Maybe if an artist doesn’t work in the studio for awhile the muse moves on—which is why an artist can never be gone too long from their studio, right?